This Week in Interior Design: 03 November 2014

The latest, hottest, and up-to-date news in interior design, art, architecture, and real estate

Updated on June 06, 2017 9:06 am

Camille Besinga

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Construction Begins for Calatrava-Designed Saint Nicholas National Shrine in NYC’s World Trade Center Complex


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Remember the last time Santiago Calatrava was in the news? We mentioned his long-delayed, and grossly expensive World Trade Center Transit Hub in the Lower Manhattan area of New York City. This week, construction has begun on the Saint Nicholas National Shrine in the World Trade Center Complex, the design of which has been largely influenced by Byzantine architecture, namely that of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. The original Greek Orthodox Church, which this shrine is replacing, was destroyed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The structure will act as a spiritual and visual monument to the National September 11 Memorial, as well as a house of worship that will be opened to the general public.

Nippon Paint Launches Virus- and Bacteria-Protective Paint


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Paint that will help protect your family’s health? You’ll now find it in Singapore, as Nippon Paint launches Nippon VirusGuard, Singapore’s first paint to utilise the power of silver ion technology for ultra protection against most viruses and bacteria. The revolutionary water-based hygiene paint provides up to 24 hours of protection to shield and inhibit the growth of micro-organisms like H1N1 and E.coli on walls. It is also environmentally-friendly and child-safe, with a luxurious sheen finish and easy-to-apply formula. We’re seeing Nippon VirusGuard as the perfect paint to apply on walls in nurseries, your kids’ play and study areas, kitchens, bathrooms, and even common areas in your home! The five-litre can has a recommended litre price of SGD125. Find out more about the Nippon VirusGuard here.

Hyperrealistic Latte Art All the Rage in Japan


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Hand it to the Japanese for taking latte art to a whole new level. The super-realistic images you are seeing above are of latte art made by Twitter user @dongurinekobei, who says she has used her own 6-year-old tabby cat Donguri as inspiration behind her latte art. She also has foster kittens Mugi and Uutan under her care. The hard-to-drink (don’t you think?) creations make use of subtle shading, incredibly thin lines and wisps, and even wicked (or charming) glints in the cats’ eyes. If you were served latte like this, wouldn’t you want to frame it? We know we would!

Metal-Mesh Hybrid Cabinet Protects and Displays Your Fragile Collection


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So you have a super-fragile collection of, say, wine glasses or ceramic tea cups and saucers, and want to display them. But at the same time, you need them protected. Check out this display cabinet designed by German designer Meike Harde (who also made these storage units last year). Made of wire cages that are meant to display and protect delicate items, this collection forms the storage compartments of her Hybrid Cabinets from finely woven brass of blackened steel wires. “The name Hybrid was chosen deliberately,” Harde tells an interview by Dezeen.com. “The material combines characteristics of sheet metal as well as textile qualities. It also provides a very soft transparency and gives a diffused view of the inner objects.”

Cover photo courtesy of Nippon Paint Singapore

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